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He knew Framley to be a man
of no moral perception, but he
did not know then that his wife
had been in an asylum, an incur
able madwoman, for years. No
body knew of poor Mrs. Fram
ley, for it was not to the captain's
advantage to proclaim this fact.
If Peter had known but as he
did not he only tightened his lips
and rang the bell. As he did so
the shadows started away.
"O, so you've come again,
Peter!" said Edith, wearily, when
he was shown in; and anybody
but Peter would have walked out
again. Peter did not walk out,
however. He sat down in an up
right hard-bottomed chair, with
his hat on his knees, and answer
ed only in monosyllables when
they spoke to him, and refused to
perceive all the hints that were
plentifully flung to him. So
after two hours of this the cap
tain savagely made his adieux.
When he was gone Peter turned
"I don't want you to admit
Captain Framley to your house
again, Edith,"' said Peter, mildly.
Edith looked at him and could
not understand. This seemed a
different Peter from the one she
had known. So she flew into a
"How dare you, Peter!" she
stormed. "Who are you to lay
down the law to me? What
right have you?"
"Captain Framley is not fit for
your acquaintance, Edith," said
Peter, jhat was all that he said,
but somehow Edith knew that he
had witnessed the scene by the
"And suppose he isn't?" she
asked. "What right have you to
tell me so?"
i nave inc ligwi, miu inn,
"because there is nobodv else to
"How much do you earn,
Peter?" asked Edith, quietly.
"Twenty-five dollars a week, isn't
"No, thirty," answered Peter.
"They raised me five last month.
"Because," answered Edrfh,
"you don't seem to me to have
made such a success of your own
life that you can afford to take
charge of mine."
Peter went away, but he came
back again. Edith stormed and
mocked and jeered at him. But
Peter was not to be thwarted.
He was resolved to save Edith
from herself, for he knew that she
had the bit between her teeth
and was running away, just as his
father had foretold.
He learned about Mrs. Fram
ley quite by accident. An ill-,
wisher of the captain told him,
and when Peter learned of it he
was very thoughtful. He knew
that it would do Edith no good
if he were to blurt out the fact to
her in his simple fashion. Loyal
ty was Edith's strongest quality;
she would have refused to believe .
him, would have asked Framley
himself. He would save Edith,
even if it meant his own death.
So he unbuckled his father's old
army holster, took out his pistol
and slipped a single cartridge in-